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AU calls for end to Zim crisis

Posted by on November 16, 2017 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

CONAKRY - The head of the African Union on Wednesday said the crisis in Zimbabwe "seems like a coup" and called on the military to halt their actions and restore constitutional order.

Alpha Conde, who is also Guinea's president, said the AU condemned the actions of top brass in the southern African nation as "clearly soldiers trying to take power by force".

"The African Union expresses its serious concern regarding the situation unfolding in Zimbabwe," a statement sent to AFP said, expressing support for the country's "legal institutions".

The African body further demanded "constitutional order to be restored immediately and calls on all stakeholders to show responsibility and restraint," it added.

The Zimbabwean military took control of the country on Wednesday after a struggle to succeed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe erupted in public, culminating in the sacking of the vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe is under house arrest, according to a conversation reported by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Mugabe "indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine," the South African government said in a statement.


Posted by on June 18, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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Posted by on June 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Thousands of EFF supporters, clad in their characteristic red T-shirts and berets, filled up the Boipatong Stadium, in the Vaal, ahead of the Youth Day celebrations on Friday. 

A sea of red made their way into the stadium while they were entertained with songs and slogans, including chants of "Long live EFF". 

EFF leader Julius Malema was expected to address the masses on Friday afternoon. 

About 50 buses were parked outside the stadium. Some youth dressed in their school uniform were also in attendance.


Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Libreville - A newsreader for Gabon state television has been taken off the air after mistakenly announcing the death of President Ali Bongo, the channel said on Saturday.
Journalist Wivine Ovandong made the error during a Gabon Television news bulletin on Thursday when she read from notes saying that Bongo had died in Barcelona.

In fact, on Thursday was the eighth anniversary of the death of Bongo's father and predecessor, Omar, who did die in Barcelona on June 8 2009, after more than four decades in power.

Current president Ali Bongo is alive and well.


Gabon Television director general Mathieu Koumba told AFP that Ovandong had been suspended as "a precautionary measure".

"We need to protect her, too, because social media has had a field day," he added.

Koumba appeared on the channel on Friday and said it had apologised to Bongo and his family for the "blunder".

"It can happen to anyone. But this was a bit much because it was confusion over the head of state," he said.

Ovandong had only been in the job for a few days after spending several years as a field reporter.


Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Mogadishu - The US military in Africa says it carried out an airstrike in southern Somalia that killed eight Islamic extremists at a rebel command and logistics camp, 300km southwest of Mogadishu, the capital.
A US military statement said the attack happened on Sunday morning. There was no immediate comment on the airstrike from Somalia's homegrown extremist group, al-Shabaab, which is allied to al-Qaeda.

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed confirmed the airstrike, saying that Somali and partner forces destroyed an al-Shabaab training camp near Sakow, in the Middle Juba region. He said such attacks would disrupt the group's ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia.


Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Hague - A Congolese rebel leader on trial at the International Criminal Court began testifying in his own defense on Wednesday, saying that as a young rebel soldier he helped end the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Bosco Ntaganda, an ethnic Tutsi from Rwanda, briefly took the stand in the afternoon at the start of what is expected to be weeks of questioning by his defense lawyer and cross-examination by prosecutors.

He said that after seeing the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, in which hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred, "I told myself that I do not wish to see any other community experience what my own community went through."

Ntaganda, known as The Terminator, has pleaded not guilty to 13 war crimes and five crimes against humanity including murder, rape and using child soldiers, allegedly committed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003.

When his trial started in 2015, Ntaganda cast himself as a peacemaker, saying he sought to protect civilians.

But prosecutors paint a very different picture, accusing him of leading rebels, including child soldiers, who killed, raped and persecuted innocent villagers in the resource-rich Ituri region of DRC.

First indicted in 2006, Ntaganda was for years a symbol of impunity in Africa, once even serving as a general in DRC's army, before turning himself in in 2013 as his powerbase crumbled.

Ntaganda's testimony on Wednesday did not touch on his activities in DRC, instead describing his family background and early military career.


Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Zambia's parliament on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 suspended 48 opposition lawmakers who boycotted President Edgar Lungu's address to legislators in March to protest his contested electoral victory.
The lawmakers from the United Party for National Development (UPND) avoided Lungu's address claiming he was not the legitimate winner of the contested August 11 elections.

Parliament Speaker Patrick Matibini said they should quit if they did not accept Lungu as the head of state.

"I challenge you to resign on moral grounds if you do not recognise that there is a legitimately elected government," said Matibini.

"I have, in exercise of my powers, decided to suspend the 48 members of parliament from service for a period of 30 days with effect from today."

Matibini said that the lawmakers would not be paid or have access to the parliament building or lodgings during their suspension.

Tuesday's decision is the latest in a long-running battle between Zambia's government and the principal opposition.

The UPND's leader Hakainde Hichilema has been in custody since April accused of treason over allegedly putting the president's life in danger when his motorcade failed to make way for the head of state's limousine during a high-speed incident.

Hichilema has claimed that he was assaulted by police during his arrest and has suffered mistreatment in detention.

The alleged motorcade incident, which occurred on the weekend of April 8-9 as they were both travelling to the Western province for a traditional ceremony.


Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Zimbabwe has banned the import of grain after enjoying a bumper crop that authorities hope will be enough to feed the nation and stimulate home-grown production, according to a report.

The state-owned Chronicle newspaper reported on Tuesday that the country's grain agency, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), had also managed to raise $200m to purchase maize from local farmers.

Deputy minister of agriculture Davis Marapira said that the southern African country had banned grain imports "to protect local farmers after producing enough to meet local demand".

"GMB will buy maize from local farmers from the funds they have and more money will be available to purchace locally produced maize," Marapira was quoted as saying. 

He added: "Government stopped issuing grain import permits about four months ago and no maize imports are allowed at our borders."


Posted by on June 7, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Singer releases tracklist for "Mama Afrique"

The singer looks to consolidate on her 2016 success with the EP, which is said to be a precursor to her third album expected out in 2017.

Effyzzie Music Group and Yemi Alade have released the tracklist for singer's extended play "Mama Afrique".

Yemi shared the tracklist via her Instagram page, writing "My EP is ready, Shout out to my team, Y'all don't sleep."

The project houses remixes, French, Swahili and Portuguese versions of her earlier singles "Mama Africa" sophomore album as well as new songs.

The EP is to serve as a precursor to Yemi's third studio album which is billed to drop later in 2017.


Yemi Alade had a remarkable 2016 following her release of her sophomore album "Mama Africa: The Diary Of An African Woman".

Alade in 2016 was practically in our faces, with each turn of the internet pages, releasing music, going on African and European tours and selling out arenas.

It was truly her year, and this was endorsed with the awards that came her way such as her winning Best Female Act both at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 and Soundcity MVP Awards 2016.


Posted by on June 7, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


South Africa-based Malawian billionaire entrepreneur Shepherd Bushiri has unveiled a group of great 12 (G12) experts, drawn from across the continents, to manage his business entities Shepherd Bushiri Investments (SBI). The group represents experts and successful businesspersons from various fields drawn countries such as Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Belgium, USA, UK, South Africa and Namibia.

The move, which was officially made in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday will see Bushiri, SBI president, recoiling from the active involvement in the management of his businesses.

he said he wants to concentrate on his core ministry duties as a Prophet and leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG).Making the announcement during the Diplomatic Service business—a Monday night session where Bushiri teaches ECG congregants on how to succeed in in business management--said the move represents the growth of his businesses which needs certain level of management.

“They have taken my role of making decisions of overseeing SBI policy development and implementation. We are already involved in multi-billion projects and there even more other multi-billion projects that we are about to undertake. The empire is growing and I can’t handle it alone,” he said.

Before G12, SBI key major strategic decisions, apart from the corporate office in Sandton, Johannesburg, were mostly done by Bushiri, his wife and family members.

Leader of G12 Joseph Mndolo from Zambia said it was a great honour to serve SBI and assured customers and partners that they will not let Bushiri down.

He said their role is only to bring efficiency and sustained growth to SBI—just carrying the vision ahead and translating on the ground.

With its headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, and founded by a youthful Malawian citizen, SBI is global investment company duly incorporated under the Company laws of South Africa. It was duly incorporated on the November 3, 2015 with the registration number 2015/386049/07.s

As for today, SBI has several entities operating across the globe. Some of them, among others, include: Sb Airways, SB University, PSB Mobile Network, SB Real Estate, SB Trade Exchange, SB Mining and SB Media.


Posted by on June 3, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The ex-wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London to face torture charges.
Agnes Reeves Taylor, 51, is suspected of ordering and carrying out torture between 1989 and 1991, during a civil war in the West African state.

She is to be tried at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court, on 30 June.

Up to 250,000 people are believed to have been killed in Liberia's civil war, which ended in 2003.

Ms Reeves Taylor, of Dagenham in east London, was arrested on Thursday.

She has not commented on the charges. One accuses her of agreeing with "a course of conduct" that "would necessarily amount to or involve the commission of the offence of torture".

The other charges allege that she along with "others unknown at Gbarnga, Liberia, intentionally inflicted severe pain or suffering on an individual in the performance or purported performance of her official duties".

Gbarnga was the headquarters of Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front during the civil war.

Taylor served as president from 1997 to 2003, when he was forced into exile.


Posted by on June 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

At least 15 children have died in South Sudan from a botched attempt to immunise them against measles, officials say.

They were vaccinated with the same unsterilised syringe, and the vaccine was not stored properly, according to an investigation into the deaths.

As a result, the immunisation campaign caused severe infection and sepsis.

The team administering the vaccinations was "neither qualified nor trained" to do so, the health minister said.

About 300 people were vaccinated during the campaign in the Kapoeta region, including 32 other children who fell ill, but survived, Riek Gai Kok added. Measles outbreaks in the country are a key target of the United Nations children's fund (Unicef), which is aiming to vaccinate 1.2 million children this year.

But a report from the Associated Press said that in this case, children as young as 12 were administering the vaccine to others.

Sepsis is a potentially deadly immune response triggered by an infection which spreads quickly in the body. It can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

South Sudan declared independence in 2011, but has struggled to maintain basic services - including healthcare - after a civil war erupted in 2013.

The United Nations estimates more than one million children have fled the country during the conflict, and a million more are displaced within the country.


Posted by on June 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Mutare - A Zimbabwe woman who buried her newborn alive has told a court in the east of the country that it was because she already had a 14-month old child and couldn't afford to keep both, a newspaper is reporting.

Florence Chinyamunguri, 23, dug a hole near a cattle pen in the diamond-rich Marange district last week, placed her baby inside and covered him with soil and grass before leaving him, the Manica Post reports.

No-one saw her do it (her husband and other relatives were at work). But an hour later a cattle herder heard a baby crying near the pen and called for help, according to the newspaper. 

The baby died on its way to hospital.

Chinyamunguri was arrested and charged with infanticide.

Said the Manica Post: "In her defence [Chinyamunguri] told the court that she had no other option but to kill her newly-born baby boy as she could not afford to look after him since she had another 14-month-old baby."

She was ordered to do 350 hours of community service at Marange Clinic.

A woman from the Harare township of Dzivarasekwa township was accused of killing her newborn twins last week after a landlord found the dead babies in a plastic bucket, the Daily News reports.

It's not clear what has happened to the mother

Courtesy: News24 Correspondent


Posted by on June 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Maseru - Voters in the small southern African kingdom of Lesotho cast ballots on Saturday in an election widely expected to lead to another fractious coalition government and the risk of deepening instability.

It is the third general election since 2012 in Lesotho, where years of political in-fighting have undermined attempts to tackle dire poverty and unemployment.

Long queues formed outside polling stations from early morning, with many voters wearing traditional Basotho blankets to ward off the winter chill.

The snap election was announced in March when Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no-confidence vote after his seven-party coalition government broke up less than two years after it was formed.


The vote is seen as a two-horse race between old rivals Mosisili and Thomas Thabane, who ruled from 2012 to 2015, with the victor set to emerge from post-vote negotiations with coalition partners


Posted by on June 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been dogged by reports of poor health, has returned to Luanda after nearly a month in Spain, party officials said on Tuesday, 30th May 2017.

Dos Santos's medical condition has recently been subject to fierce speculation, with his daughter Isabel forced to deny rumours that he had died while in Spain.

Anastacio de Brito, spokesperson for the ruling MPLA party, told AFP that the 74-year-old president arrived back in Angola on Monday evening.

The party confirmed for the first time on Monday that dos Santos had undergone medical checks while in Spain on an extended "private visit".


Dos Santos, who has been in power since 1979, will not contest an election in August, marking a historic change in the oil-rich country.

He has reportedly received cancer treatment in Barcelona over several years.

Defence Minister Joao Lourenco has emerged as Dos Santos's chosen successor and is on course to take power after the election.

Opposition parties have called for the government to be more transparent about the president's health.


Posted by on June 1, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Kenyans more careful with Chinese sub-standards
A top Chinese official has rubbished claims circulated on social media that the locomotives used to propel trains on the standard gauge railway are refurbishments of old models.

China’s vice-minister for Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming said his country abhors the export of any used item and that there was no chance that a previously used machine could find its way to Kenya.

At a press briefing with Kenyan and Chinese journalists at a Nairobi hotel, Mr Zhang, who was China’s ambassador to Kenya between 2006 and 2009, said the source of the claim of using second-hand locomotives was “understandable because, in Kenya, we see many people sell old cars and even second-hand clothes”.

“Let me assure you that China never exports second-hand clothes; we never export second-hand cars and it is by no means possible for us to export second-hand locomotives,” he said through a translator.


Posted by on June 1, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Sudan's cabinet has approved a ban on importing agricultural and animal products from Egypt, according to Sudan's state news agency SUNA. The cabinet on Tuesday urged the private sector to import products directly from countries of origin, bypassing Egypt. No reason was announced for the move. Ahmed Abu Zeid, the spokesman for Egypt's foreign ministry, said Cairo was told the decision was due to "a technical procedure".

Sudan banned all Egyptian agricultural goods in March. Foreign firms have been caught in the crossfire. Saudi Arabia's Savola Group has had to re-route much of its Egypt-based sugar output that it usually sells to Sudan. Savola imports raw Brazilian sugar and refines it in Egypt for export. "The volumes going there are about 20,000 tonnes a month, but now, unfortunately, this looks like it will be stopped indefinitely," a source at the company said. The neighbours have been at odds over issues that include a long-running dispute over land on Egypt's southern border with Sudan, as well as trade restrictions and burdensome visa requirements that have threatened commercial relations. Sudan this month accused Egypt of supporting rebels who it says want to topple the government in Khartoum. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi rejected the charge


Posted by on June 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Malawi government has rejected the latest Afrobarometer survey results  that highlight  performance on the governance front  which says nine out of every 10 Malawians or 88 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction in terms of handling of major policy issues such as consumer price stability and job. - 

Afrobarometer is a pan-African , non-partisan research research organisation that conducts public attitude surveys across the continent on issues of democracy, governance and the economy – the sort regularly quoted by policy buffs, NGOs and academics with an interest in understanding what people think and how to make things a little better.

But Malawi government spokesman  who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi argues that it is obvious that the survey was conducted to tarnish the reputation of  President Peter Mutharika administration.

In the Mid-Term Review Survey of the performance of President Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released, Malawians also say government is not doing enough to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

In its key findings, Afrobaromete said: “Almost nine in 10 Malawians [88 percent] say the country is going in the wrong direction. This view is shared by large majorities in both urban and rural areas as well as across all major political parties.”

The survey also found that “more than half of Malawians” think the government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” on 13 of the 16 policy issues the survey asked about.

Reads a summary of the findings: “A majority of respondents rate government performance positively on promoting women’s rights and opportunities [57 percent] and maintaining roads and bridges [51 percent]. The lowest scores are on keeping prices stable [9 percent fairly/very well], narrowing gaps between rich and poor [13 percent], and providing reliable electricity [13 percent].”

But Dausi said the DPP-led government is trying its best to steer the country in the right direction and that the gap between the poor and the rich is “ narrowing at the moment”.


Posted by on June 1, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

DRC is completely in a mess. Africa must unite to help this country

Zambia stuns Germany [World Cup U20]

Posted by on May 31, 2017 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Zambia have reached their debut FIFA U20 World Cup quarterfinals following a dramatic 4-3 win over Germany in Jeju on Wednesday.
But Zambia had to dig deep to earn their quarterfinal spot against the 1981 winners thanks an extra-time goal from Zesco United defender Shemmy Mayembe after the two sides finished 3-3 at full-time.

It was Mayembe’s first international goal for both club and country for the right back who got his big break under George Lwandamina at Zesco Last season.

But Zambia have had to rally twice to stay in the game and later to clinch their historic last 8 spot.

Germany took the lead in the 37th minute through Philipp Ochs who whipped in a breathtaking free kick to give them a 1-0 halftime lead.

Emmanuel Banda crushed in one of his trademark volleys in the 50th minute before Fashion Sakala hammered Zambia into the lead from an acute angle in the 68th minute.

Sakala’s goal finally saw him break Bernard Makufi’s 17 year old two goal record set at the 1999 tournament in Nigeria where Zambia made its debut but exited at the group stage.

Enock Mwepu poked in the third in the 86th minute before Zambia lost it at the back.

Suat Serder sneak in one in the 89th minute to narrow Zambians lead before Jonas Arweiler equalised four minutes deep into stoppage time.

However, Mayembe made sure of Zambia’s Passage in the 107th minute after a well-worked move involving Mwepu,Fashion and Daka. Zambia now await winner of Thursdays last 16 date between France and Italy whom they face on June 5 in Suwon.Meanwhile, Zambia have gone one better than in their second appearance at Canada 2007 where they made a last 16 exit at the hands of Nigeria